Terrain Publishing

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Terrain Publishing

EIN: 45-2432462


Terrain Publishing creates place-based digital and print media with a particular focus on environmental, social, and climate justice through literature, art, commentary, and design. Our primary activity and service is (, an online, ad-free journal established in 1997 and first published in 1998. There is no cost to access, and all contributions are archived indefinitely. On occasion, Terrain Publishing also hosts and sponsors educational workshops and literary events in order to further the discourse, outreach, and promotion of place-based literature, art, and design.

Ruling year info


Director and President

Simmons Buntin

Main address

PO BOX 41484

Tucson, AZ 85717-4184 USA

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Subject area info

Communication media

Population served info


NTEE code info

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve? is an independent magazine founded in 1997 that focuses on place. The literary and artistic works in are of the highest quality, by a variety of contributors for a diverse, informed, and progressive audience. Contributors range from icons in the field of nature writing, such as Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, Camille T. Dungy, and Joy Harjo, to essential new voices that are changing both writing and place itself, such as Aisha Sabatini Sloan, José Angel Araguz, and Joe Wilkins. Likewise, our critically acclaimed series—including Letters to America, A Life of Science, and Pam Houston’s Twenty Words During Lockdown—respond in real time to the most urgent social and environmental justice issues of the day. The works publishes on a rolling schedule merge literary and graphic art with science and activism in a beautiful, interactive design. is the world’s first place-based online journal. We were founded on a vision of marrying literary work—poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction—with articles and community case studies.

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Where we work


AWP Small Press Publisher Award Finalist 2022

Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Affiliations & memberships

Community of Literary Magazines and Presses 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To increase the quality of the publication itself.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Terrain Publishing

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Terrain Publishing

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $21,428
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $9,955
Total Revenue $31,383
Program Services $9,068
Administration $3,112
Fundraising $1,500
Payments to Affiliates $12,365
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $26,045

Terrain Publishing

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $6,970
Total Liabilities $4,600
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $11,570


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Director and President

Simmons Buntin

Simmons Buntin is the founder and editor-in-chief of and the president and director of Terrain Publishing,'s parent organization. He is the co-editor of Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy (Trinity University Press, 2020), co-author of Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places (Planetizen Press, 2013), and author of the books of poetry Bloom (2010) and Riverfall (2005), published by Salmon Poetry. He is also the marketing and communications manager for the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona, as well as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He holds master's degrees in creative writing from the University of Arizona and urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado at Denver.

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Terrain Publishing

Board of directors
as of 05/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Simmons Buntin

Terrain Publishing

Term: 2020 - 2024

Alison Hawthorne Deming


Lauret Savoy

Mount Holyoke College

Scott Calhoun


Derek Sheffield

Wenatchee Valley College

Elizabeth Dodd

Kansas State University

Pam Houston

Writing By Writers

Renata Golden

Golden Ink

Simmons Buntin

Terrain Publishing

Allen Gee

Columbus State University

Sean Hill

University of Montana

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/27/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/10/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.